Blog: Leonie BarrieSri Lanka summary

Leonie Barrie | 16 November 2007

Here are just a few of the quotes that sum up my week here in Sri Lanka.

“Manufacturing is just a small part of the whole package.”

On Sri Lanka’s ethical standards compared with low cost countries…
“If India, China and Bangladesh raise their standards to Sri Lankan standards, we can compete on price. At the moment it is not a level playing field; when it is level, we can play.”

Finding the middle ground between fast-fashion and environmental issues…
“We’re trying to make it lean and green.”

On the synergies (or lack of) between buyers and manufacturers…
“You can make a car, or a computer, or a phone, more efficiently than a shirt. To make a pair of trousers, half the world is involved.”

With huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made this trip such a memorable one, to each company who has welcomed me through its doors, the executives who have given up so much time to show me their factories and discuss their businesses, and of course to Professor Lakdas Fernando, professor emeritus at the University of Moratuwa, who not only put together one of the most comprehensive schedules I have ever seen, but who also took it upon himself to accompany me each and every step of the way.


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